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Monday, September 8, 2014 Permalink

Insight: The Political Junkie Goes West / California's Business Climate / Reinette Senum / Sacramento Comedy Festival

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The Political Junkie is turning his analytical gaze west. Ken Rudin, known to NPR listeners from his many years talking all things politics with Neal Conan on "Talk of the Nation," joins Insight host Beth Ruyak for our signature segment that puts California politics in the context of the national scene. 

Californians found out late last week that the state narrowly lost out on a bid for a new battery factory after months of courting the electric car manufacturing company Tesla Motors. The deal is said to be worth $100 billion to the state of Nevada a boon to the Reno area economy, where the “gigafactory” will be built. University of the Pacific Economist Jeffrey Michael has been following California’s bid for the factory and says “it would have been a game changer” for the San Joaquin Valley, which was one potential location for the factory. Michael joins us to talk about the deal and what it says for both California and Nevada’s business climates.

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Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, left, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval shake hands following a press conference where Nevada was announced as the new site for a $5 billion car battery gigafactory, at the Capitol in Carson City, Nev., on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)

Former mayor and longtime Nevada City community leader Reinette Senum has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the 25th Annual Col. William H. "Bill" Lambert Award. Senum was the first woman to cross Alaska alone and has also starred in a one-woman show about the adventure, "Alaska Revisited."  The community activist, former Nevada City mayor, filmmaker and world traveler spoke with Beth Ruyak in October of 2012 about her many ventures. In recognition of Senum receiving the Col. William H. “Bill” Lambert Award we’re rebroadcasting that interview.


The Sacramento Comedy Festival has been growing since its creation four years ago. Now, this year’s festival promises more than 60 entertainers performing over nine days of events that include improve, sketch comedy, variety shows and even a stand-up competition. The 4th annual Sacramento Comedy Festival runs Friday, Sept. 12 through Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Sacramento Comedy Spot in Midtown Sacramento. Brian Crall is the creator of the festival and the owner of the Comedy Spot. He joins us to talk more about this year’s festivities.


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  • Khalid Mohammed / AP

    Political Junkie Goes West: Congress Returns From Summer Vacation

    The Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins us from Washington D.C. in an effort to put it all in perspective.

  • Paul Sakuma / File / AP

    California's Current Business Climate

    One economist says he wasn't surprised when the state lost out on a new Tesla battery plant.

  • TEDx Talks / YouTube

    Former Nevada City Mayor Receives New Award

    Insight rebroadcasts an interview with Reinette Senum who a recipient of the 25th Annual Col. William H. "Bill" Lambert Award.


    Upcoming Festival Brings Comedy To Sacramento

    Brian Crall, owner of the Sacramento Comedy Spot, talks about the upcoming Sacramento Comedy Festival.

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